Zandra Rhodes is without a doubt one of the most colorful fashion designers in history. And this colorful aesthetic doesn’t just apply to her fashion collections: it permeates her life and appearance. Her “shocking” pink hair is her signature, her unmistakable mark. I had the privelege of seeing a Zandra Rhodes runway show in Palm Springs in 2016, and it nearly brought me to tears. She encouraged the models to have fun and use free movement on the catwalk. And the clothes lent themselves to it: they were comfortable, freeing, luscious, lavish confections that ANY woman could wear. her designs are inclusive: they are not meant merely for size 0. And at the end of the fashion show, when all the models did their group walk, they threw out thousands of rose petals, all over the runway. It was PURE JOY, and not something you see frequently in the dour and serious world of High Fashion. We need more designers like her. And people like her. She is so full of life, and color dictates her every move.
Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes, DBE, RDI (born 19 September 1940), is an English fashion designer. Rhodes was born in Chatham, Kent, and was introduced to the world of fashion by her mother, who was a fitter in a Paris fashion house and a teacher at Medway College of Art, now the University for the Creative Arts. Rhodes studied first at Medway and then at the Royal College of Art in London. Her major area of study was printed textile design. Rhodes’ early textile fashion designs were considered outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers.
Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements; dramatic but graceful; audacious but feminine. Rhodes’ inspiration has been from organic material and nature. Her unconventional and colorful prints were often inspired by travel; chevron stripes from the Ukraine and the symbols of the North American Indian, Japanese flowers, calligraphy and sea shells. Her approach to the construction of garments can be seen in her use of reversed exposed seams and in her use of jewelled safety pins and tears during the punk era.
Rhodes was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British fashion and textiles, having been invested at Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne. She is the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, which opened in May 2003. She keeps an apartment above the museum, and also lives part-time in Del Mar, California. [Source: Wikipedia]
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